THE TIME OF THE VERB’S ACTION
Two past actions happened at the same time.
|Two actions happened together.|
|She||said “hello” when she entered||the house.|
|The car||ran out of gas and stopped.|
|We||sent the gift when we knew||she left.|
One past action happened before the other.
|The first past time.||The second past time.||The completed action.|
|She had already||entered the house||before she said “hello.”|
|The car had run out of gas||before it stopped.|
|We had already sent the gift||before we knew||she left.|
Two future actions will happen at the same time.
|Two actions will happen together.|
|She||will say “hello” when you enter||the house.|
|The car||will run out of gas and stop.|
|We||will send the gift when we know||she is leaving.|
One future action will happen before the other.
|The first future time.||The second future time.|
|She will have said “hello”||before you enter the house.|
|The car will have run out of gas||before it stops.|
|We will have sent the gift||before we know she is leaving.|